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in the evening of our lives

In the evening of our lives we shall be examined in love. — Saint John of the Cross

And so it shall be. Jesus made it abundantly clear that our professions of faithfulness, our 25 year perfect attendance pins, and out citizen-of-the-year awards mean nothing.

The examination is an open-book, take-home. It’s a single question, pass/fail. There’s one correct answer, and we’ve written it down before the examination even begins.

Do we reflect God’s love to all those most in need? Our answer is either yes or it’s no. We are answering the question every day by the way we live.

In the evening of our lives it’s too late for a do-over. Now is the time for us to love the least of these among us.

Oh, and before I forget, this is an entrance exam.

justly accountable

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was an English philosopher and political economist. He was an influential contributor to both social and political theory. He wrote that:

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

If we agree with Mill’s statement then it follows that we must hold ourselves just accountable for the death of another 25,000 of our human family who we allowed to die in the past 24 hours due to our inaction. We know we can end hunger in our lifetime, yet we allow it to continue causing untold evil and unnecessary suffering on the poor and hungry.

When will we align our actions with our professions of faith? When will our lifestyles begin to match the lip service we give to being moral and caring people?